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dirtydog

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Phimai historical park
« on: November 24, 2009, 08:11:50 PM »
Phimai historical park is the most famous thing in Korat and I have been there :) at that time it was 40baht to go in whether you was Thai or Farang, built in the 11 and 12 century as a Buddhist temple at what was the other end of the road from Cambodias Angkor wat it was eventualy restored in the late 1960s.
 

Offline Johnnie F.

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« Reply #1 on: November 24, 2009, 08:30:14 PM »
Phimai historical park is the most famous thing in Korat and I have been there :) at that time it was 40baht to go in whether you was Thai or Farang, built in the 11 and 12 century as a Buddhist temple at what was the other end of the road from Cambodias Angkor wat it was eventualy restored in the late 1960s.

40 baht for farangs and Thais the same? Wow, then they had the difference in admission fee cancelled in between. When I went there first (1989) it was 20 baht for the farang and just 5 baht for the Thai. But it didn't look as well-maintained as now. And I was always told it was a Khmer temple. ;)
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dirtydog

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« Reply #2 on: November 24, 2009, 08:50:29 PM »
Buddhism in Khorat was started in the 7th century i believe, looking at wiki it seems to be a fact, they also have this to add, Inscriptions name the site Vimayapura (which means city of Vimaya), which developed into the Thai name Phimai.
From that I would say the original name was in Cambodian or Khmer.

More of  chinese type statue this lion though.
 

dirtydog

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« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2009, 12:54:35 PM »
A couple more pictures of the historical park in Phi Mai.
 

Offline Baby Farts

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« Reply #4 on: November 25, 2009, 03:54:18 PM »
DD, have you ever been to Sukotai?
 

dirtydog

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« Reply #5 on: November 26, 2009, 07:33:00 AM »
No, I have never been to Sukhothai, bit embarrassing really as i have traveled to more places in America than England and Thailand combined, really should spend more time exploring Thailand.
 

Offline Baby Farts

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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2009, 08:04:22 PM »
If you like Phi Mai, you'll find Sukotai amazing.  It really is breath taking.  I've been there several times.  It's certainly worth seeing, even though it is a bit away from Korat.  You can always stop in Pitsonoluk and see "Small Pattaya."   ;D
 

dirtydog

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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2009, 03:17:11 PM »
A couple more photos of Phi Mai.
 

dirtydog

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« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2009, 01:56:00 PM »
The Thai tourism authority website is getting pretty good now, this is what they have to say on Phi Mai.

Phimai Historical Park
 
Within the Park is the Phimai Sanctuary, one of the grandest and most important Khmer historical sites in Thailand.

The word Phimai appears in an inscription on a stone slab at the front doorway of the building as well as in many other structures. It is believed that the word Phimai referred to a religious figure or site.

The Phimai Sanctuary is rectangular in shape and is 565 meters wide and 1,030 meters long. It consists of ornately carved sandstone and laterite structures. The most special characteristic of the sanctuary is that it is the only one that faces south while the others usually face east. This is probably because it was built to face the route that the Khmers traveled from the capital of the empire, to the south of Phimai.

From stone inscriptions and the architectural style, the Phimai Sanctuary was most likely built at the end of the 11th century during the reign of King Suriyaworaman I. The architectural style is that of the Baphuon style that prospered at the time. However, some characteristics are similar to that of Angkor Wat, which became popular at a later period. Some additions were made to the site in the early 18th Buddhist century during the reign of King Chaiworaman VII when Phimai had close relations with the Khmer Empire. The sanctuary was always a religious site of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism because King Suriyaworaman I and King Chaiworaman VII were followers of the sect.
Important Structures in Phimai Sanctuary:

The Naga Bridge is the first part you pass when visiting the site. The bridge and lion figures stand in front of the Gopura (porch) south of the main pagoda. The intention may have been to build a link between earth and heaven according to both Hindu and Buddhist beliefs concerning the universe.

The Gopura was adapted as the wall around the sanctuary and the four entering porches. There is a large corridor connecting the outer and inner areas of the main sanctuary. Above each porch is a lintel of various designs.
The Main Prang or pagoda is on an open area in a curved walkway. It is the centre of the site and is made entirely of white sandstone and is different from the porches and walls that are made primarily of red sandstone. This is because white sandstone is more durable than red sandstone. The pagoda is 28 meters high, has a square base, a portico and stairways and doors in all 4 directions.

The pagoda consists of a base, outer walls, columns, and porches with beautiful designs. Of vital importance are the lintels that mostly recount the tale of Ramayana from Hinduism and tales of the Mahayana sect of Buddhism. The lintels above the 4 doorways of the main pagodas inner chamber, the most important room of the pagoda, are all about Buddhism reflecting the Buddhist influence that eventually surpassed that of Hinduism. The carvings are of the Baphoun style and the Angkor Wat style leading to the belief that the main pagoda was built at the end of the 12th century.

There are other pagodas, which are Prang Brahmadat in front of the main pagoda, Prang Hin Daeng and Ho Phram (Brahma Hall) to the right.

The park is open daily from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The admission is 40 baht. There are youth guides available to provide visitors with information about the site for free.
 

silverfox

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« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2009, 08:59:34 PM »
I love Phimai, Ideally when I move to Thailand I would live there as I have many friends in the area, it may be small but it makes up for that in other ways, the places to eat are fantastic, directly opposite the entrance to the Historical park is a small soi, wander 50 yards down there and you will find a lovely little restaurant, it's name escapes me but I love their food, come out of that soi and turn right to the lights past the 7/11 and on the corner is a very strange bar, we normally sit outside and watch the world go by, it is staffed by ladyboys, np with LB's thought I would let you know that's all.

Opposite is the market which gets very busy, and an area where all sorts of activities are conducted and also a very smart police box.
One of the main expat meeting places is the Cat and Fiddle, I would describe it as a very plain and basic bar/restuarant, Your hosts Roger and Penn are delightful and the English & Thai cuisine superb, friday night is always a good night to visit as Roger/Penn always have a special on the go.

If you would would like to stay in Phimai for a few days and explore the area then can I recommend the Paradise Apartments, 400 baht a night and superb accommodation.

There are plenty of other hotels and restaurants in the area, all very good value for money but these are the ones that I know well from personal experience, I am not touting these venues as I know Korat is only about 60/70 kliks away but stay and explore, there's a sugar factory, a salt factory and numerous sweet potatoe processing places which smell god awful :) and if you fancy a haircut in a wooden shack in the middle of nowhere for 40bht then I'm your man.       
 

 



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